Can Beijing Navigate the Consequences of Slower Growth?

While the Chinese Communist Party used to base its legitimacy on economic growth, it is now tolerating short-term pain to address political and socioeconomic issues in an attempt to ensure the Party's long-term survival. Those concerned about the risk of China's economic slowdown should also not neglect the positive progress made on governance reforms over the past year.

Can Beijing Navigate the Consequences of Slower Growth? Can Beijing Navigate the Consequences of Slower Growth?

An Interview with Laleh Khalili

Professor Laleh Khalili discusses the remnants of the colonial counterinsurgency modes of operation in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Israeli and U.S. operations.

An Interview with Laleh Khalili An Interview with Laleh Khalili

Is the Era of Expensive Oil Over?

Oil prices are going down and going down fast. Since June, the price of Brent crude has dropped nearly 30 percent, and some expect prices to tumble further. Do these prices signal a new era of cheap oil, or are they a temporary drop in an otherwise expensive energy future?

Is the Era of Expensive Oil Over? Is the Era of Expensive Oil Over?

Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available

The editorial staff of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to bring you our latest issue, Summer Volume 38:2. The Summer 2014 volume is the first edition of The Fletcher Forum with all-female authorship, and is meant to highlight and celebrate women who have risen to important roles in the international community.

Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available Volume 38:2 of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Now Available

2014 Global Risk Forum: An Introduction by Dean James Stavridis

Dean of The Fletcher School, James G. Stavridis, introduces the 2014 Global Risk Forum, identifying the top five risks to global stability in the year ahead.

2014 Global Risk Forum: An Introduction by Dean James Stavridis 2014 Global Risk Forum: An Introduction by Dean James Stavridis

Supporting a Brittle Ally: Jordan’s Looming Crisis

October 14, 2014 by Conner Maher
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As the U.S continues airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Washington’s dependency on Jordan as one of its few remaining, stable allies in a region of insecurity has only deepened.

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The Venezuelan Paradox

October 9, 2014 by Juan Carlos Portilla
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Even while Venezuela currently seeks a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, its government continues to repress the rights of its citizens and detain members of the political opposition. Such human rights abuses constitute behavior that should bar Venezuela from a Security Council seat.

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Standing Tall In Iraq Against the Islamic State

September 18, 2014 by Robert A. Caruso
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To actively shape a new Middle East, the U.S. must invest in our partners on the ground. The task is straightforward: we must build the capacity of moderate Sunni and Kurdish groups across the region, while isolating and ultimately combating the Islamic State (IS) and Iran’s allies.

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The Vetting Trap

September 9, 2014 by Ameya Naik
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To find suitable, verifiably moderate recipients for U.S. assistance in Syria, stop looking for guarantees that do not exist in a war zone.

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The Failure of Norwegian “Take on Me” Diplomacy in North Korea

September 8, 2014 by Eirik Torsvoll
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People-to-people campaigns are bound to fail in any attempt to influence the policies of Pyongyang. Actual financial pressure is needed to motivate DPRK leadership away from their intransigent position of influence.

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Human Rights Promotion Backfiring as “World War LGBT” Shakes Eurasia

August 30, 2014 by Kyle Rohrich
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Russia and the West are fighting the greatest geopolitical battle since the end of the Cold War not with nuclear arms races, aerial warfare, or military buildups. Rather, the most prevalent form of weaponry in the standoffs in Ukraine and throughout Eurasia is as unique as it is effective: the gays.

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